I have been working from home for 15 years now. My whole life operates based on that way of working and is very natural to me. When the shelter in place advisories came down, I thought this will be pretty easy for me and at first it felt quite normal. I had been on the go all winter following my niece’s college basketball team so a chance to just be at home was welcome. About two weeks in I started to go a little stir crazy; the reality of everything penetrated my psyche and I had some rough days. Now we are in a new routine of cooking a lot, puzzles, firepits, walks and working like normal from home, even if the work is very different. I know I am one of the lucky ones for I can just stay home, I am comfortable and safe in my home, I have what we need delivered, I continue to work and am able to go outside to breathe in fresh air and still feel connected to the world even if from afar.
Always in a time of crisis you can look around and find stories of hope and inspiration. You can start with the grocery workers, delivery people, sanitation workers, farmers, truck drivers who are all doing their jobs so we can stay home. The fire, police and teachers conducting parades in towns all across America to show our youth they are still loved and connected. The countless folks puling out the sewing machine to make masks. The parents and teachers navigating online learning to find ways of engaging children and keeping them connected to school. And of course, those on the front line of this pandemic – all our healthcare workers. They are working 119-hour weeks, holding up iPads for family members to say good bye, not having enough equipment and resources and putting themselves and their families at risk every day.
Closer to home the stories that have lifted me up and bouyed my faith in humanity are the ones from AEC organizations across this country who are standing behind the front-line supporting health systems, hospitals and clinics. The architect firms printing masks on their 3D printers. Contractors donating trailers and tents. Branding companies donating wayfinding. Design firms lending their combined expertise to transform hotels, convention centers and parking garages into hospitals. Organizations coming together to fast track modular designs that can be erected in record time. The list goes on and on.
Whether you are staying home, sewing masks, playing the role of substitute teacher for your child, keeping your elderly loved ones safe, living with a healthcare worker or working within your organization to support our healthcare organizations, please keep the faith. We will all get through this together.
Be well and stay safe,
Vice President, Symposium Director
Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo
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